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Artist Trust Names Margit Rankin Executive Director

For Immediate Release:

Artist Trust has named Margit Rankin as its new Executive Director effective February 21, 2012, after an extensive search.

“As Artist Trust celebrates our 25th anniversary and moves into the next quarter century, we will look to Margit for her strategic vision, leadership, and strong skills in development and advocacy,” said Artist Trust Board President Susan Wagner. “Margit was the candidate of choice in an exceptionally talented field, and we are thrilled to welcome her.”

Jim Tune, former President and CEO of ArtsFund, was delighted to hear Margit was selected. “Margit is a standout as director of an arts organization. The community is lucky to have her back in the art world,” said Mr. Tune enthusiastically. “We at ArtsFund found her to be extremely competent in her role as Executive Director at Seattle Arts & Lectures.” 

Rankin stated, “This is an exciting time to take the helm at Artist Trust. I am looking forward to the opportunities ahead of us in shaping the next 25 years for an organization whose mission is critically important to the cultural vitality of our communities throughout the state of Washington. Through their work, artists help us to see things anew, to make sense of our lives, to provoke us to think and feel and wonder. I can think of nothing more rewarding than leading Artist Trust in supporting artists working in our communities.”

Rankin is the former Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures. She also served as Associate Director for the University of Washington’s Simpson Center for the Humanities. Rankin has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an undergraduate degree from Yale University.

Now in its 25th anniversary year, Artist Trust has invested over $9 million dollars in Washington State artists since its founding. In 2011 alone, Artist Trust awarded a grand total of $284,000 to 85 artists through its five grant programs. In addition to grant making, Artist Trust provides a comprehensive suite of career training, professional development resources and counseling to help artists achieve their career goals.

Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in Washington State artists since its founding in 1986, through grant programs and direct support. Artist Trust also provides a comprehensive suite of career training and professional development resources to help artists achieve their career goals.

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Find out more at

Major supporters of Artist Trust include many individual donors along with: 4Culture, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Amazon, ArtsFund, ArtsWA, The Boeing Company, The Dale & Leslie Chihuly Foundation, The Klorfine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Raynier Institute & Foundation, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Jon & Mary Shirley Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Vulcan Inc.